As Chief Manufacturing Officer, Starr will drive the development and deployment of a network of between 12 and 15 pilot- to intermediate-scale bioindustrial manufacturing facilities, including BioMADE’s recently announced site in Minnesota. The United States is poised to be the global leader in bioindustrial manufacturing, and these critically needed facilities will allow American innovation to effectively transition to manufacturing and product commercialization.
By bridging the gap from lab-scale research to at-scale manufacturing, this network of facilities will help companies scale-up sustainable products, create new markets for American farmers, and provide new, well-paying jobs – all while securing a domestic supply chain for products that Americans use every day. Starr will oversee site selection, design, construction, and operations for the national network.
Starr joins BioMADE from Cargill, where his professional expertise centered on process development, piloting, and the deployment of advanced solutions for manufacturing. As a Research and Development Director for 15 years at Cargill, his team deployed solutions to improve the maturity of Cargill operations using capabilities such as process simulation, process control, and advanced analytics. Most recently, he was a leader in Cargill’s Smart Manufacturing program where he worked with multi-functional teams to address global stakeholders on deploying advanced solutions.